Liberty girls, S. Carroll boys seek to serve out unbeaten seasons


The Liberty girls and South Carroll boys will take undefeated ** county records into their high school tennis matches this afternoon, the final regular-season action ahead of the county championships Friday (noon) and Saturday (9 a.m.) at North Carroll.

In makeups of Monday postponements, North Carroll will be at Liberty and South Carroll will be at Westminster.

Three of the four teams will send out defending county champions, headed by Liberty senior Shen Poehlman, who will be chasing a third successive title in girls singles. Heather Easter and Brooke Foster of North Carroll in girls doubles and Derek Favreau and Andrew Taylor of South Carroll in boys doubles are the other returning winners.

Poehlman has been backed by Carly Ferguson in singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Anna Repetti-Chrissy Feller at Liberty, while at North Carroll the leading singles players are Charis Fulton and Jessica Bradford.

At South Carroll, where Favreau has seen service in singles as well as doubles, other key singles players are Zachary Ballard and Greg Stone, while Son Thepvongs has teamed with Taylor in doubles on occasion.

The Liberty girls and the Westminster boys have won the past two team championships.

Track and field

Westminster will be looking to defend its titles in both divisions when the boys and girls county championships are held tomorrow at Western Maryland College. The Owls are coming off a first place (boys) and a third place (girls) in the Central Maryland Conference meet.

Aside from Westminster, which dominates the county leaders' list for the boys, Charles Poole of Francis Scott Key has one of the most impressive marks with a school-record 153 feet, 8 inches in the discus.

For the girls, Westminster teammates Jessica Hester (118-0 in the discus), Kiara Adams (35-6 1/2 in the shot put) and Cindy Reese (10-1 in the pole vault) are tops in the county and among the leaders in the metro area.

Regional pairings

The boys and girls lacrosse teams from Liberty, South Carroll, and Westminster will have first-round games tomorrow in the regional tournament.

Liberty will be at Churchill (girls, 5; boys, 6: 30), Quince Orchard at South Carroll (5: 30 and 7), and Gaithersburg at Westminster (5: 30 and 7). Second-round games will be Saturday.

Western Maryland

No. 5 seed Western Maryland (25-7) and No. 4 Moravian (26-12) will be making their first appearances in the NCAA Division III softball tournament tomorrow when they meet in the opening round of the East Regional at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.

No. 2 North Carolina Wesleyan will play No. 3 Chowan in the other first-round pairing. The Western Maryland-Moravian winner will return to play No. 1 Messiah at 4 p.m. The double-elimination program will continue through the weekend.

Coach George Dix's squad features a potent offense, led by senior Division III All-America second baseman Julie Backof, from Westminster High. Backof has 11 home runs, nine doubles and six triples among 47 hits which have accounted for 44 RBIs.

Backof, who hit .444, heads the All-Centennial Conference squad, where she was a unanimous selection and the league's outstanding player for the second straight year. Also named all-league were junior shortstop January Scott, and senior outfielder Gina Hughes (Finksburg/Westminster).

Western Maryland's golf team has been selected to play in the 24th annual Division III championships, scheduled for next week at Jekyll Island, Ga. A year ago, the school placed 21st among 23 teams. The Green Terror highlighted its spring season by winning its first Centennial Conference championship.

Junior Tony Worm, who placed in the top 10 in five of six tournaments, leads coach Scott Moyer's team with a 76.2 stroke average, and his season included winning the conference championship.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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